Flexible Open and Distance Education 2022 FODE Application Info
The PNG government and Education Department realised that there is a need to focus on Flexible, Open and Distance Education. This realisation comes at the back of unprecedented growth in the number of students leaving school are Grades 8, 10 and 12 as a result of the Free Education Policy.
If you are a student wanting to upgrade your marks or continue your education with FODE, you’ll find this article useful. We have compiled the information from the FODE website and the latest articles to give you the best head-start.
What is Flexible, Open and Distance Education
The National Education Department recognises that distance education is an important means to deliver education. The Flexible, Open and Distance Education (FODE) is mandated to offer a distance learning pathway as an integral part of the National Education System.
FODE a School at home, where students study the same primary and secondary education curriculum in their own time, in their own homes, and at their own pace.
FODE is ideally:
- the alternative choice for students who decide to study at home, in an open and flexible environment.
- for continuing education for students who for various reasons cannot continue their education in the mainstream school system.
- the second chance education for the upgrading of grades/results of their grades 10 and 12 certificates
Why the emphasis on flexible, open and distance education
The number of students dropping out of primary and secondary schools is alarming (link here). The PNG govt through the Education Ministry and the National Education Department have seen that the best way to address the problem is through FODE.
Here is what the new Education Minister said about the FODE enrolment…
‘A team from the Education Department is working on a plan to have all school leavers absorbed into the [FODE] system….this is so we can reduce the number of student dropouts doing nothing out there.’ Jimmy Uguro, MP
Who is eligible for FODE
FODE students can be school leavers, disabled people, employed or unemployed, teenagers or adult, single or married. Anyone who wishes to improve his/her education can study at FODE.
Students studying at FODE are classified as either Full Correspondence (FC) students or Upgrader Students (US).
- FC – FODE students who are studying ALL the courses from Grades 7 – 12
- ·US – students who are upgrading marks for certain courses at FODE
FODE Application form 2022
The FODE study centres open in February of every year. If you are trying to get the FODE application form for 2022, check out your nearest study centre. The FODE staff are always helpful, they’ll help you out.
It is perhaps important to note that you visit your FODE centre to get the latest information. The support staff and professional staff will be happy to answer questions you may have in regards to the:
- FODE application forms,
- enrolment info for FC and US,0
- starting dates,
- entry test and
For those in Port Moresby and Central Province, visit the FODE centre near the Australian High Commission, Waigani.
How to enrol at FODE
FODE enrolment points include the 22 Provincial Centres, located at the main towns. The FODE Provincial Centre or FODE Study Centre nearest to you administers at the entry test, PET. The entry test measures the English and Mathematical ability level of new students who wish to continue their education FODE.
Here is how to enrol at a FODE:
- Discuss your intention to study with FODE Support Staff at the provincial FODE centres (recommended).
- All the students enrolling for the first time with FODE must do the Pre-Enrolment Test (PET).
- Pay a compulsory entry test fee of K50 into the FODE account.
- Sit for the English and Mathematics entry test.
- You answer sheets will be corrected at the provincial marking centre.
- Check the entry test result at your FODE centre.
- If you pass the test, you may enrol at FODE. If you fail, you will re-sit the entry test at a later time.
Some centres are charging a K75 entry test fee. To avoid any inconveniences, it is recommended that all *new* students contact their FODE centres.
PNG FODE Approved Course Programs
For Grades 7 and 8, you are required to do all six (6) subjects.
For Grades 9 and 10, you must complete five (5) subjects and one (1) optional to be certified. Business Studies and Design & Technology Computing are optional.
For Grade 11 and 12: the subjects are in line with the Upper Secondary Approved Matriculation and align with the courses offered in conventional secondary schools throughout the country.
Note: From the above three subject streams, the selection to Option one is based on the PET test result placement criteria.
Important: For newly enrolled students and continuing students who are FODE, please download the detailed subject and study outline for Grades 7 & 8, 9 & 10 and 11 & 12.
• Students who choose to graduate as FODE students at the end of grade 12
• Students who choose to complete their Grade 7 to 12 education through FODE with the intention to gain entry into the formal system at the points of exit.
• Those who want to complete Grades 7 to 12 regardless of their age, employed or unemployed, married or single, including those with physical disabilities.
• Students who want to complete upgrading programs to progress into tertiary institutions.
• Students who are undertaking technical or vocational training courses.
• Students whose employers demand grade 12 equivalency education and certification
You can go to any FODE Centre to;
- ◦ Take a Pre-Enrolment Test or an exam
- ◦ Enroll and collect Assignments
- ◦ Hand in Workbooks or Assignments for marking
- ◦ Collect marked Workbooks or Assignments
- ◦ Get advice from your Provincial Coordinator, Assistant Coordinator and Supervisor
Access your respective study materials from below table.